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Opal Gemstone

If you want precious stones then you have diamonds, sapphires and rubies. However, if you want a stone that is extraordinarily beautiful and one that enhances your style then there is nothing like an opal. Opal in Greek means change of colour. Zeus wept tears of joy when he defeated the Titans and the tears turned into opals that were believed to bestow prophetic and magical powers. However, this is disputed and some experts believe that the word is derived from the Sanskrit word Upala which means precious. According to historians this precious stone was highly prized as long back as 250 BC and the best came from India. Apart from being a fashion stone, the opal is also favored as an astrological gemstone of high value.

Here are some technical facts about Opal Gemstone. Opal is, strictly speaking, not a mineral but an amorphous mineraloid, a form of hydrated silica containing up to 21% water content. This semi-precious gemstone is usually mined from sandstone, limonite, basalt, marl and rhyolite deposits. Opal are commonly classified into two categories. One is precious in which the stone has an internal structure made up of silica spheres arranged in a lattice that can cause interference and diffraction patterns. This can give a rainbow effect to the stone.

The common opal, on the other hand is milky in appearance with a bluish to greenish tinge or it may sometimes be yellowish, brown, gray or even crystal clear. Opal stone has a hardness ranging from 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale which means it is quite soft and vulnerable to scratches so if you do wear it in a ring or in a pendant in a necklace, you need to be careful.

Sources And Types

Opal is the national gemstone of Australia and that continent can proudly boast of some of the finest opals in the world and also of being the largest supplier. Some of the finest opals such as crystal opals matrix opal and black opal are from Australian mines and are known as Australian opal. Ethiopian Opal does not lag behind and its opal from the Wollo Province is known for its striking colours.

Mexico is the source of the Mexican fire opal that ranges from transparent to translucent but they do not exhibit iridescence. Another type of opal, the Mexican water opal, has a golden or bluish internal sheen. Nevada, in the US, is the source for fire, lemon, white, black and crystal opal whereas Idaho is known for its white opal. Other sources that account for smaller amounts of opal are Turkey, Brazil, Slovakia, Honduras, Guatemala, Canada, Hungary and Czech Republic.

The Andean opal has a blue-green translucence not found in other opals. Boulder opals have a strong brown tint with sparkles of color inside. Ethiopian opals look very attractive since the spread of colors inside the stone is more uniform.

Benefits of wearing Opal gemstone

Wearing natural opal gemstone brings financial stability, strength and beauty in wearer life. These enhance sixth sense and help wearer to influence others easily. This is beneficial in getting stable position in life and winning possibilities of court cases. In many cases, we have seen a person desire to have unlimited source of money and need prosperity in wedding life, and if have worn opal stone, they get satisfactory results.

Will Opal suit me? Should I wear an Opal gemstone?

To get white opal benefits, it is important to know that whether this stone is suitable for you or not. Firstly, you should consider getting advice from gemologist and astrologer. They will see your horoscope and if your horoscope is compatible to wear this stone, then you can easily wear it. Those people, who are intensively involved in business of import/export, travel and tourism, they will get many benefits of this stone. Those ascendant who are born on the October month should wear this stone because it will bring ample amount of loving married and personal life.

Opal Stone Price

If we talk about Opal stone price in India then there are different ranges such as it starts from Rs 900 per carat to 5000 depend upon the quality of the stone. Opal that comes in synthetic color can come at fewer prices. But as we all know that opal is widely famous for its fire , so if an opal has deficiency of fire , then this type of opal is known as non-gemstone category. If the opal has crack presence in its structure then it shows that it is gradually losing its moisture, brightness and consequently it could be broken.

Talking about opal price for stones, you can easily get the price quote from Dhanshree Gemstone. We are reputed gemstone provider in Delhi and there are wide range of Opal loose gemstones and opal natural gemstone so that you can buy it and wear it according to your horoscope and stars.

Who Should Wear Opal Stone?

There are many precious stone accessible in different online stores but when it comes to talk about Opal Stone which is having a white color and this gemstone comes from silicate mineral family. This has become a fruitful alternative of diamond and people wear to get possible results on creative front, social reputation, personal relationship, good health and royal lifestyle.

Well, Opal Gemstone needs no identification; this stone is an opaque stone and multiple colors visible sometimes. It is said that if this gemstone is worn with silver, then it will give the blessing of Venus Planet. It provides stillness and perfection in married life.

The Quality of Opal Stone

There are many features in precious Opal stone such as it has many colors like white, yellow, brown, blue, green, black, red and colorless. It is a mineral which is also known as hydrated silica and it often considered as the surface that has multiple color changing features. Opal is a soft stone and it has toughness scale between to 5.5 to 6.5. Opal is amorphous in nature that eventually means that it has no crystal construction. You can buy Opal online only at Dhanshree Gems because they are the most genuine gemstone shop in Delhi.

Fakes and Genuine Opals

Be careful when you buy opals and buy them only from a reliable gemstone dealer who provides a certificate. This is because you can easily be given a synthetic opal that is indistinguishable from the real one unless one takes a close look. The market is also full of doublet and treated opal stones. Some manufactured opals include glass and plastic. The doublet is an opal in which a thin opal of high quality is glues to a bottom layer of cheap layer. A reputed gemstone seller will always provide a Gemological laboratory certificate.

Purpose

The purpose for which you buy is also an important consideration. If you are buying opals for ornamental use in jewelry and for fashion, then you can compromise on the type of opal as well as its size. If fashion and style are your goals then you will find Australian black fire opals or Mexican fire opals can be quite dazzling, especially if you plan to embed these in gold or silver to go along with ceremonial dresses. On the other hand, cheaper corals may be embedded in silver for everyday wear and confer simplistic elegance.

Given its various attributes, the opal is also prized as an occult gemstone in which case you must follow guidelines about choosing the type of opal and its weight and the way you get it set in a opal ring or in a pendant or in a bracelet.

Opal Astrology

You may be attracted by the opal’s iridescence and wear it on occasion. However, according to Vedic astrology, wearing the gem everyday is beneficial.

The sign Taurus is governed by Venus or Shukra. Therefore, those with Taurus and Libra as their signs will benefit by wearing opal in a ring or in a bracelet. Especially those with weak Venus will gain benefits.

Opal is also considered a remedy for infertility, sexual disorders, gastric problems and bowel diseases so wearing an opal will remedy such conditions.

How to wear opal is a question people often ask. Opal is best set in silver or any white metal like platinum or white gold. It should be worn on the index finger on a Friday after appropriate pujas and mantra chanting by an experienced pundit.

If you choose an opal for astrological purpose make sure the stone is of the right size and weight and free of cracks or defects. White colored opals are recommended instead of darker ones.

Taking Care Of Opals

As stated above hydrated silica is the chief constituent. Moisture content, on an average, is around 10% or more. Therefore, if you let it dry out by placing in the sun or in an air conditioned cold place, the stone dry out and it will lose all its charm. Immersing the stone in water from time to time improves its looks.

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